'12 Years A Slave' And 'Gravity' Take Home Top Prizes At 2014 BAFTA Awards

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The movie award season is nearly at its peak and the latest stop was the coveted British Academy Film Awards which took place this Sunday (Feb 16th) in London, England.

This year has to be one of the most impressive and competitive fields in the film industry as flicks like 'American Hustle,' 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave' are all featured in several different categories.

Ejiofor with his Leading Actor BAFTA

The 2014 BAFTA Awards, which took place at the capital's Royal Opera House, are also a good indication of what may win at the most prestigious award ceremony of all, the Academy-Awards, which will take place next month (March 2nd).

Sunday's ceremony saw one film reigned supreme throughout the night and that was '12 Years A Slave.' The Steve McQueen-directed 19th century slave epic was awarded with the Best Film Award and its lead protagonist Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Solomon Northup, took home the Leading Actor Award.

Steve McQueen
McQueen with the Best Film BAFTA

British film maker, McQueen, who collected the award, noted that there are still 21 million people "in slavery as we sit here."

He added, "I just hope 150 years from now, our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film."

Ejiofor also paid tribute to McQueen during his acceptance speech, thanking him for his work on the film.

"This is yours," Ejiofor said, holding up his trophy. "I'm going to keep it - that's the kind of guy I am - but it's yours."

Also winning big was the 3D movie 'Gravity,' the visual spectacle, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, took home the 6 out of 11 honors it was nominated for, including prizes for Cinematography, Best British Film and Best Director which went to Alfonso Cuaron.

Alfonso Cuaron
Cuaron tokk home Best Director honors

Cuaron paid tribute to Bullock, who spent most of the film acting on her own, while accepting the award, as he said, "Without her performance, everything would have been nonsense."

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